Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a Cullman luncheon with the former President and COO of Wilson’s Leather, Dave Rogers. Earlier this fall I participated in a Cullman Luncheon that featured Jesse Tyson, Global Aviation Leader for ExxonMobil. The Cullman Executive Luncheon Series is designed to bring 10-15 graduate students and senior executives, many of whom are also graduates of Fisher, together in an informal setting. Past executives have identified their current roles, discussed work history, and have provided insights into business in general. There is also a time for Q&A at the end.
Personally, it was hugely beneficial to interact with and glean “best practices” from these executives who had 35+ year careers to draw upon. Jesse and Dave both shared things that they did well and also shared about things to avoid as a manager and an executive. The questions asked by my fellow classmates were also very informative and brought out the richness of their experiences in business.
In an age where there seems to be a lack of either good or ethical leadership, the luncheon was a great way to get face to face with an executive who led well and could share those experiences and lessons learned along the way.
To be honest, I never thought I would see Barack Obama in person, since I haven’t even seen the President of China yet! Anyway, he was at OSU yesterday!
Two of my friends and I left our apartment around 4:30pm and drove to school. We parked on west campus and took the CABS bus to the Ohio Union. Then we followed the line, which was really long. I haven’t seen so many people in US since I’ve arrived here.
While we were waiting, we saw protesters of Obama. Such things would never happen in China — protesters would be arrested as soon as possible … so there is a bit more freedom of expression here.
After getting through security, we found there were more people around the Oval. There was no way we could get closer and we were about 50 meters from the platform. What we could see were just peoples’ heads if we were not on our tiptoes …
The event began at 6:15pm, and it was not until 8:00pm that the President showed up. You can imagine the crowd was losing its patience when the next speaker was still not the President. Yet I have to say the musical act played the piano and sang very well.
Eventually, the President came up and everybody brought their cameras to take pictures as if he was a superstar. Admittedly, the President and the First Lady are excellent advocates. I just hope he can fulfill his promise to the masses of people. Bless Obama’s midterm and mine!